Carrollton to hold music fundraiser; All proceeds to go toward future park

The Town of Carrollton Beautification Committee will hold a Music Festival Fundraiser on August 25, 2019 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with all proceeds going to benefit Carrollton’s future city park and walking track. This will be a well-lit facility and will include playground equipment, a picnic area, along with a memorial flag area to honor all military. Carrollton Mayor Mickey Walker said he plans on breaking ground on the new park this fall.

People of Pickens: Ken Lucas

Ken Lucas

Ken Lucas moved to Aliceville in 1998 and hassince became a fixture in the
community as a volunteer. Lucas volunteers with the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) posts in Pickens County and is a member of the American Legion, among other things . He recently won an award for Volunteer of the Year at the Aliceville Chamber of Commerce Banquet.

Mr. Ken, as he is known in the community is also a World War II veteran who is retired from the Army. Pickens County Herald Editor Brian Hamilton recently sat down for an interview with Mr. Lucas.

SMART™ Student Health and Wellness Model Expands to Gordo Schools for Fall 2019 Opening

Dr. John Brandon, SMART Contracted Physician Preceptor; Kim Taylor SMART Utilization Manager; Amanda Newman, Gordo’s SMART Patient Services Representative; Dr. Yolima Moncada, Director of SMART Clinical Operations; and Juan Pablo Sanchez, SMART Business Development Manager

Gordo, Ala. — Pickens County Primary Care and Ginn Group Consulting (GGC) are pleased to announce the opening of a new SMART Clinic at Gordo High School serving both Gordo High and Gordo Elementary School. A second SMART Clinic will eventually be phased in to operate at GES.

Aliceville Mayor informs City Council that additional $113,000 is needed to make it to end of fiscal year

The Aliceville City Council held their Council Meeting on  July 24th at 6 p.m. at Aliceville City Hall.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Marva Gipson.  Councilman Terrence Windham held the opening prayer.  The minutes from the previous meeting were approved by the council members.
There was no old business presented during the meeting.    

Aliceville Chamber Director Edgar Pruitt working to get commercial apartments in Aliceville

Executive Director of Aliceville Chamber of Commerce, Edgar Pruitt, said that declining population in Aliceville and Pickens County started in 1980 and every year since then, the county is averaging a 9-10% decline. Pruitt says that when you look at the makeup of the population, Pickens County has become an aging population. In a decade, a significant amount of the baby boomer generation will either die or become incapacitated. He explains that an aging population needs infrastructure to support that population such as the hospital.  

Sommerville charged with multiple crimes after Aliceville police chase on July 19

Fred Sommerville

After a chase led to an arrest with one found dead in Aliceville on Friday, July 19, 2019, a suspect was finally named and charged in connection with two murders.
Fred Sommerville, 47, of Ardmore, Ala., was charged on Monday with Attempt to Elude Police, Theft of Property, Abuse of a Corpse, and Reckless Endangerment through the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department. In Ardmore, Sommerville faces a capital murder charge related to the two deaths.

 

Commission denies YouthBuild request to donate land

On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the Pickens County Commission held a brief meeting to vote on several items on their agenda.  
Commissioner Bobby Bain opened the meeting with an invitation to any citizen requests.  Mr. Wayne Davis with YouthBuild then stood and asked the committee if they had taken an opportunity to discuss the parcel that he had previously asked the county to donate to his organization.
“A few days ago they came in and asked about a space of land, can we get a follow up on that,” Davis said.

Pickens County Resident recalls working for NASA on 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

July 16, 2019 was the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.  In commemoration of the anniversary of the Apollo Landing, I sat down with Gordo residentJohn Williams, who worked for McDonald Douglas, an aerospace manufacturing corporation.
Williams was contracted at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas as a Flight Operations Engineer from 1976 to 1979.

 

Pickens County Herald hires Michael Stevens as advertising sales and design manager

The Pickens County Herald  has recently brought on Michael Stevens as an advertising sales and advertising design manager.
Stevens is originally from Starkville, Miss. and recently retired from working in poultry. He also runs a taxidermy business called Hill Country Taxidermy, a business he has operated for 11 years.
Stevens worked in the agriculture and poultry industry for 27 years.